Kentucky investigating Fairview football team
WESTWOOD, Ky. — What has evolved into a very successful Kentucky Class A football program at Fairview High School near Ashland is coming under fire for possible eligibility violations.
Fairview Independent Schools Superintendent Bill Musick said Saturday that the program is under investigation by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.
"We've submitted our report to the KHSAA, and I can't really say anything until we get their ruling," Musick said. "After that, I'd be glad to talk about it."
Musick also confirmed that Garry McPeek has resigned as principal and athletic director at Fairview, and will be moved to a physical education teacher's position at Fairview Elementary. McPeek has also resigned as an assistant coach for the Eagles football team.
McPeek's nephew, Nate McPeek, has served as head coach of the Fairview football program since 2008. Nate McPeek, a former Marshall University offensive lineman, has never had a losing season as the head man for the Eagles, and Fairview hadn't suffered a regular season loss in 27 games spanning three seaons until falling to Raceland earlier this month.
Joe Angolia, communications director for the KHSAA, said there is "an investigation at the local level" centering on Fairview. Angolia said the KHSAA will review Fairview's findings and determine if any sentence is warranted.
With the regular season nearing its end, the result could affect Fairview's post season, depending on how quickly the investigation is resolved. Angolia said there is no time-frame at the moment.
"It's hard to say how long it will take," he said. "It goes on a case-by-case basis."
Musick said he expected to hear back from the state as early as Monday.
Angolia said he couldn't comment on any specifics of an ongoing investigation.
Calls to Garry McPeek's cell phone indicated the number had been disconnected.
Nate McPeek did not return a call Saturday.
Fairview finished 14-1 in 2012, losing its only game to Mayfield in the Eagles' first appearance in a state championship game in program history.
The Eagles are 8-1 heading into the team's final contest of the season, a road trip to James N Gamble Montessori in Cincinnati.
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